Bronson Burgoon: Where the Road Begins and Ends

Burgoon2Bronson Burgoon is certain of two things.

First, there is the battle to maintain his position within the ranks of professional golf. It’s real. It’s constant. And, it’s a stressful grind.  Then, there is the practice of leaving that grind – for better or worse – on the golf course once he leaves it.

Burgoon, a Texas A&M golf standout who led the 2009 team to a national title, cut his teeth in the big leagues first on PGA TOUR Latinoamerica. Between 2012 and 2013 on that Tour, the Woodlands, Texas native amassed 10 top-25 finishes, four of which were top-3 showings.

In 2014, he ascended to the next level of the Tour. In his first year on that Tour, he finished 40th on the money list. A breakout year ensued in 2015, highlighted by two runner-up finishes as part of six top-10 showings. As a result, he finished 15th in the Tour’s final priority-ranking order to earn his PGA TOUR card for the 2015-16 season.

As a TOUR rookie in the 2015-16 season, Bronson collected seven top-25 finishes but, at No. 131, he narrowly missed out on the top-125 in FedExCup points to retain his TOUR card.

Back on the Tour in 2017, Bronson continued to show promise, posting three top-10 finishes. He ended his 2017 campaign with a fourth-place finish at the season-ending Tour Championship. As such, he secured his PGA TOUR card for the 2017-18 season with a ninth-place finish on the Tour Finals money list.

Despite the successes to make returns to the PGA TOUR, Burgoon has found the fight to be both continuous and extremely challenging.

“I’m living the grind right now,” he said from the inaugural Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship in March. “Unless you’re out here, it’s impossible to even comprehend. It’s just hard. One might think playing on the PGA TOUR is really glamorous, but it can get really tough and even frustrating.”

But, as he continues to carve out his path on the PGA TOUR, Bronson has with him an eternal flame of sorts.  Bronson, who married his college sweetheart, Katy, in April 2016, relies heavily on the one person who keeps him grounded.

“She comes with me almost every week,” he said of Katy. “I tell her all the time that I don’t think there’s any way I could do this without her out here.”

Burgoon5Like Burgoon, Katy was also a standout athlete (track and field) and part of a national championship team at Texas A&M. And, though she is by her husband’s side on the road most weeks, the two agree that home is truly where the heart is and a place that golf takes a back seat to.

“Golf is a very lonely game, so to come home to a wife that’s going to love you unconditionally is a blessing for sure,” Burgoon said.

“We’re just having a blast,” said Katy. “I don’t think we’ve ever laughed more since we’ve gotten married and we’re just going to keep enjoying the time together and have fun.”

When off the road and not in the throes of tournament competition, Bronson and Katy spend their time with their two Australian Shepherds, Briggs and Riley.

“Golf can consume a lot of your time and emotions, so I try to not bring golf home,” Bronson said. “Between the time Katy and I have together and together with our dogs, we try to have a semi-normal life. After all, when you’re on the road, it’s 24-7 playing and grinding. So, when I get home, I just want to relax.”

While the road to results in golf may be paved by continuous grinding and practicing, the formula for the Burgoon’s happiness – an even greater success – is all about balance.

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